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After the Crash: Central Oregon's displaced construction workers see few prospects in a changed world The building boom in Bend is over, leaving thousands of construction workers unemployed. October 27, 2010

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  • The Art of Pickathon: A look inside the Northwest’s most innovative music festival

    The relatively small 4,000-person festival, which takes place Aug. 3 through 5 in the bucolic Portland suburb of Happy Valley, is different from other Northwest events when it comes to the experience for bands.
      Scott McMicken, singer and lead guitarist of Philadelphia-based rock band Dr. Dog, never really liked playing music festivals. And he’s had ample opportunity to form an opinion—Dr. Dog is a veteran of some of the country’s biggest fests, including Bonnaroo and Coachella. But that was before McMicken played Pickathon in 2009. “Pickathon is definitely my favorite festival,” said McMicken, whose band is headlining this year’s event alongside Neko Case. “Pickathon was a real game changer for me.”
  • Winemaking in the Shadow of the Sisters: Terrebonne’s newest winery offers tastings with a view

    Areas around Terrebonne are showing to be perfect for vineyards and winemaking.
      With its broad expanse of sagebrush and Alfalfa farms, the Terrebonne area may not scream wine country, but with a burgeoning group of wineries, it is quickly becoming a winemaking hotspot. What began with Maragas Winery in the late ‘90s now includes Monkey Face Vineyards, Deschutes River Vineyards, and the latest addition to the family—Faith, Hope, and Charity Vineyard, which opened last year. All of wineries offer exciting alternatives to the fruit-forward pinots cranked out by the wineries in the Willamette Valley and offer a chance for Central Oregon to make its mark on the state’s robust wine making industry.
  • Little Bites: Judging the Bite of Bend: I'll tell you the winner after I finish everything on my plate... and yours.

    Bite of Bend's Top Chef judging is harder work than it may appear on TV's Top Chef but despite the hard work, the food is fantastic.
      The Bite of Bend had something for every appetite - $1 bites of food from restaurants across Central Oregon, desserts ranging from cake to frozen yogurt, massive quantities of beer (more than 50 kegs were consumed during the weekend) and a mixology tent where, according to my red-faced friend, "They let everyone drink all weekend for only $10! Five dollars a day! It's like stealing!" But for me, the Top Chef stage was the biggest draw and somehow I weaseled my way into landing a judging spot for the competition on Saturday. Now, it's one thing to watch Top Chef on TV where careful editing and "1812 Overture"-style music results in chefs magically whipping up dishes in minutes. But at the Bite of Bend's Top Chef stage, one thing was apparent: this shit is hard work.
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  • Ween

    Ween's experimental rock sounds will be grabbing some attention when they return to Bend on July 2.
      Saturday, July 2, 6:30pm - $34 Ween, the genre-crossing group hailing from New Hope, Penn., is known to have a substantial cult following. And perhaps nowhere is that more prevalent than here in Bend, where Ween's 2009 appearance at the Les Schwab Ampitheater saw thousands of Bend fans rocking out to Ween's catchy, experimental rock sounds, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and sometimes ridiculous antics. Formed in 1984 by Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween), then 14-year-olds trying to survive 8th grade, Ween gained popularity in the early '90s during the alternative rock explosion, signing with Elektra and releasing their most popular record to date, Pure Guava. The group has since released an unbelievable 17 albums in their 27-year existence, the latest, At the Cat's Cradle, 1992, is a re-recording of a live set in - you guessed it - 1992.
  • Alison Krauss and Union Station

    Alison Krauss, winner of 26 Grammy Awards is coming to Bend on July 9 and she is bringing Union Station
      Saturday, July 9, 6:30pm - $62/reserved, $39/gemeral admission You might have heard of Alison Krauss. After all, she has won 26 Grammy Awards. Yes, that's 2-6. That's approximately 1.8 Grammy's per album (she's released 14), making her the most-awarded female artist in Grammy history. In addition, she's been named "The most promising fiddler by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America" and has written music for movie soundtracks, most notably O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain. Not that bad for someone who isn't yet 40 years old.Krauss, originally from Decatur, Ill., began her career a bluegrass wunderkind, signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14. Krauss's silky smooth voice and effortless fiddle playing has garnered her millions of loyal followers and her fresh-faced, Claire Danes-esque looks don't hurt her substantial male fan base, either.

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